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The intersection of fermented and demented. Grape Encounters is wine radio for the 99% of unpretentious wine drinkers. We take you were no wine show has gone before... into the homes and hideaways of the world's most renowned winemakers. Grape Encounters presents wine from a perspective that is totally unique and refreshing. No complicated tasting notes. Just the things you REALLY need to know to enjoy the wine lifestyle to it's fullest. Host David Wilson will take you to every nook and cranny of the globe to show you what's behind the curtain that no other wine program dare pull aside. Join us for some great wines and belly laughs. Are you ready for your first Grape Encounters?

The intersection of fermented and demented. Grape Encounters is wine radio for the 99% of unpretentious wine drinkers. We take you were no wine show has gone before... into the homes and hideaways of the world's most renowned winemakers. Grape Encounters presents wine from a perspective that is totally unique and refreshing. No complicated tasting notes. Just the things you REALLY need to know to enjoy the wine lifestyle to it's fullest. Host David Wilson will take you to every nook and cranny of the globe to show you what's behind the curtain that no other wine program dare pull aside. Join us for some great wines and belly laughs. Are you ready for your first Grape Encounters?

Location:

Atascadero, CA

Networks:

Radio America

Description:

The intersection of fermented and demented. Grape Encounters is wine radio for the 99% of unpretentious wine drinkers. We take you were no wine show has gone before... into the homes and hideaways of the world's most renowned winemakers. Grape Encounters presents wine from a perspective that is totally unique and refreshing. No complicated tasting notes. Just the things you REALLY need to know to enjoy the wine lifestyle to it's fullest. Host David Wilson will take you to every nook and cranny of the globe to show you what's behind the curtain that no other wine program dare pull aside. Join us for some great wines and belly laughs. Are you ready for your first Grape Encounters?

Language:

English

Contact:

213-716-1964


Episodes

Episode #613 – Jean-Charles Boisset Brings a Passion for Fashion to Sustainable Winemaking!

4/17/2021
There are few things in life that are more delightful than an hour-long conversation with winemaking icon Jean-Charles Boisset. Apart from being one of the most innovative wine producers and marketers of our time, Jean-Charles is arguably the most colorful character in the world of wine, bar none. His flair, his showmanship, his joie de vivre, envelopes you like diving into a swimming pool filled with whipped cream and chocolate fudge sauce. No, that’s not an exaggeration! Jean-Charles...

Duration:00:31:39

Episode #612 – The Wine Institute’s Allison Jordan Brings Wine Down to Earth!

4/10/2021
She’s a Grape Encounters’ favorite and for good reason! Allison Jordan is Executive Director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and Vice President of Environmental Affairs for the Wine Institute where she is responsible for oversight of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program and Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing. While those are lofty titles to be sure, no one brings sustainability and environmental initiatives down to Earth better than Allison Jordan. That...

Duration:00:32:56

Episode #610 – But, Can You Resist the Temptation to Liquidate? (#699 Encore)

4/2/2021
Featuring Benchmark Wine Group CEO David Parker This was such a fascinating concept, we wanted to give it a second chance to air! Over the past year, so much of our conversation has been about coping with COVID-19 and how to continue to enjoy our wine lifestyles while many of our favorite activities remain on hold. While creative new activities like Virtual Tastings serve as somewhat satisfying substitutes for the real thing, many of us are eager to find other creative ways to stay engaged....

Duration:00:36:17

Episode #609 – Wine Adventures: It’s Time to Find Fantastic!

3/23/2021
Wine is a great conversation starter, but that’s just a drop in the barrel! What you're really after are wine adventures! Wine wants to show us a great time, take us to places we’ve never been before and ignite our imagination. It’s what we call a Grape Encounter and it’ll completely change the way you think and drink. Today’s edition of Grape Encounters Radio is for every wine enthusiast who is eager to let wine be their tour guide to places and adventures that make life so much more...

Duration:00:36:38

Episode #607 – We Have Great News for You, Whether You Drink Wine or Not!

3/8/2021
It’s one of the most common conversation starters, “Do you want the good news first, or the bad news?” Well, in the 13 years that we’ve been doing Grape Encounters, we’ve tried to keep our focus on the good news. We figure you can get all the bad news you can stomach elsewhere. Today, we’re full of good news, and only good news. More specifically, we’ve got terrific news if you’re a wine drinker in our Covid-centric world and, if for any reason you can’t or shouldn’t drink wine, we’ve got...

Duration:00:36:30

Episode 606 – Weird Wine Can Be Wonderful! Just Ask Wes!

3/3/2021
Did you ever have one of those days where you feel inexplicably strange from head to toe? Well, when weird is the rule rather than the exception, maybe you just have to go with it; swim with the tide and not against it. On this week’s episode of Grape Encounters, David decides to surrender to the strange world that Covid-19 has confined us to and take a deep dive into the weirdness of wine. Consider this. When the parents of Baby Boomers first began drinking wine, there were just a handful...

Duration:00:30:45

Episode 605 – Pleasing the Palate in Allison’s Wonderland!

2/27/2021
David is starting to become very encouraged about where the world is headed after 12 months of 19; Covid-19 that is. He doesn’t want to jinx things but it certainly looks like the restrictions that we’ve all had to deal with for a very long time are starting to ease. Yes, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. At least it looks like a light, but who can be sure of anything these days? 2020 (and at least the first quarter of 2021) will be remembered as a master’s course in “Agony.” Thank...

Duration:00:31:04

Episode #604 – Sipping with the Godfather of Sustainable Seafood; Rick Moonen

2/21/2021
Las Vegas based chef Rick Moonen has paid his dues. Recognized as one of the country’s premiere chefs specializing in fine seafood, Rick is remarkably humble about his assent to culinary greatness. He says, “I was lucky. When I was at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley) it wasn't known as the best [cooking] school in America. It was becoming one, and it really had the greatest chefs. I was lucky to be there at that time. Timing is everything. I was right in the curl of the...

Duration:00:30:50

Episode #603 – Paul Kalemkairiam is the King of Clubs!

2/14/2021
David has not had this guest on for a really long time. In fact, we dug into the archives and figured out how long ago it was. We were shocked to find out that it was exactly 10 years ago to the day that we had him on. Totally an accident or perhaps serendipity. Regardless, he is one of the most interesting people in the wine business and a wealth of information because he also has his own very successful podcast. He and his father founded a truly iconic organization and the name will be...

Duration:00:32:24

Episode #602 – Commentator, Educator and Coordinator: Senior Editor MaryAnn Worobiec is More Than a Spectator!

2/5/2021
After re-listening to this episode of Grape Encounters, we can confirm that no kitchen sinks were discussed. Everything else was. This week, David’s very special guest is MaryAnn Worobiec, Senior Editor and Tasting Coordinator for Wine Spectator Magazine. After the show was over, David mused, “If we were given 20 hours to fill, it would have been a snap! MaryAnn has been with Wine Spectator for 25 years. There’s a whole lot to talk about, plus, I’m a big fan!” And talk they did about a wide...

Duration:00:30:10

Episode #601 – Are You Taking Your Love Affair with Wine for Granted?

1/16/2021
We might as well admit it... The COVID-19 crisis has made us all a little bit lazy. You know what we're talking about, laying around in our sweats all day long. Not shaving every day. Overdosing on Netflix and Amazon Prime. And perhaps the greatest sin of all, getting sloppy in our love affair with wine! What does that mean exactly? It means NOT doing those little things that really make our wine experiences better, like watching the temperature, drinking out of a proper glass (and certainly...

Duration:00:44:50

Episode #600 – Wine Tariffs: The Latest Attempt to Spoil Our Wine Enthusiasm!

1/16/2021
Just how much more can they throw at us? These days, being a wine enthusiast is not without its challenges. Without a doubt, those of us who derive pleasure from the fruit of the vine are all about fun. We want to kick back and have a nice time, enjoy our wine and be joyful. Much to our dismay, however, the past year has been a major pain in the backside because every conceivable thing capable of disrupting our joyful wine experiences has been thrown at us. And just when you think you've...

Duration:00:44:50

Episode #599 – From Cellar to Seller: Investing in Liquid Assets

1/9/2021
Featuring Benchmark Wine Group CEO David Parker Over the past year, so much of our conversation has been about coping with COVID-19 and how to continue to enjoy our wine lifestyles while many of our favorite activities remain on hold. While creative new activities like Virtual Tastings serve as somewhat satisfying substitutes for the real thing, many of us are eager to find other creative ways to stay engaged. If you’re looking for something fresh and new to do, we’ve got a heck of an idea...

Duration:00:44:53

Episode #598 – Lodi Builds Its Reputation of Old Vine Preservation

1/2/2021
Lodi wine – It’s almost impossible NOT to think of the Creedence Clearwater classic, when the town Lodi comes up in a conversation. Yep, it was more than 50 years ago that John Fogerty sang about a little known California town where it was easy to become forgotten. The funny thing is, while Fogerty was poking fun at this small agricultural town south of Sacramento and east of San Francisco, many of the grapes planted there were already becoming historic. Today, Lodi is not just a...

Duration:00:44:50

Episode #596 – The New Wine Normal is Coming Soon. This ISN’T it!

12/19/2020
If you want to see Host David Wilson’s demeanor change from affable to outraged in a matter of seconds, all you have to do is toss the term “new normal” into the conversation. There’s no doubt that we’ve all had to make major life adjustments to cope in a Covid world, but David refuses to accept the status quo as being even remotely normal. Sure, we’ve all had to make do. We’ve compromised and agonized our way through a horribly dreadful 2020, but shouldn’t our sacrifices stand for...

Duration:00:44:50

Episode #595 – Otherworldly Monolith Attracts Droves of Masked Visitors to Wine Country

12/12/2020
Few segments of the economy have been impacted by Covid-19 restrictions more adversely than wine tourism. With countless wineries temporarily (and indefinitely) shuttered in an effort to contain spread of the virus, wine countries throughout America and much of the world are seeing very few visitors. There was, however, a considerable spike in visitor traffic to the wine country of California’s Central Coast when an unexpected and otherworldly attraction appeared in the middle of the night....

Duration:00:44:53

Episode #594 – Good Wine Times and Great Wine Gifts During a Challenging Holiday Season

12/5/2020
It’s a holiday season unrecognizable by most of us. We’ve all been asked to adapt to the deeply difficult circumstances that presently dominate our lives and will for the foreseeable future. It’s not what we would have chosen for ourselves, but sometimes you just have to improvise. That being said, David has some holiday wisdom to share that might bring your family closer together, even if you can’t be in the same place at the same time! In fact, you can even sit down to the exact same meal...

Duration:00:44:50

Episode #593 – Consumer Wine Habits – Are Outside Influences Keeping Us from Enjoying Food and Wine to the Fullest?

11/28/2020
Observing consumer wine habits - in addition to hosting Grape Encounters Radio for 12 years, Host David Wilson has also operated a wine tasting room on the Central Coast of California’s Paso Robles AVA. David says that he probably won’t run the shop forever but is grateful for the perspective that it has given him where the consumer is concerned. David says, “I'm glad that I did it because I have learned so much about you and your wine drinking habits, but I've also learned that, as a...

Duration:00:44:50

Episode #592 – Going East for Wine, Hospitality and Other Religious Experiences

11/21/2020
REBROADCAST BY POPULAR DEMAND: We had intended to pay a long overdue visit to a number of our wine and hospitality friends on the east side of America. Unfortunately, we’re in a bit of a holding pattern. Nonetheless, we still want to spread the love and two of our most lovable east coast friends join us today thru the magic of ZOOM. What would we do without it? First up, it’s our bud Will Ouweleen of O-Neh-Da and Eagle Crest Vineyard, located in the breathtaking Finger Lakes wine region of...

Duration:00:44:50

Episode #591 – Chef Charlie Palmer; an Intimate, Deep-dive Into the Unconventional World of an Ultimate American Original

11/14/2020
While it is the goal of every episode of Grape Encounters Radio to present compelling, informative, and entertaining content, there are times when interviews significantly standout. That is certainly the case with this episode of Grape Encounters Radio, featuring one of America's all time acclaimed chefs, Charlie Palmer. Charlie is a bonafide Yankee original, acclaimed for his signature progressive American cooking, a style built on rambunctious flavors and unexpected combinations, with a...

Duration:00:44:50